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What Do You Believe About Hell?
There has been an awful lot of debate in recent days concerning the reality of hell. This is not a new debate, it has been going on for years. Hell is described in such graphic and horrid terms, it is hard for one to think that a Loving God would send anyone there. One reason why people have a hard time is because they don't see what the Bible says about God, and they are also judging Him as if He were a mere man. The recent debate over Rob Bell's up and coming book has caused me to look into this issue more. I didn't even realize how bad I needed to revisit the doctrine of hell. It has raised some questions in my mind. The main question I think that should be asked is: "Do I really love God?" "Do you really love God?" That is the question. Also, what are the grounds for one to be condemned to hell? Why does God send some and not others to hell? What did Jesus say about hell? These questions and many more are ones that I have had. I was doing some research and came across two sermons from John Piper's ministry on this subject. There is no video, but there is an audio. I listened to both and can say that they have challenged me to ask myself many questions. They have also provided sufficient answers to some of the questions above. The links to both sermons are below, and I hope that you will listen to these sermons and seek out the truth for yourself.
We are going through the book of Ephesians in my church, and our pastor has been doing an excellent job in expositing the Scriptures faithfully. Today I think we are nearing Ephesians 5, and I am interested for sure in what he has to say about it. Nevertheless, there is a verse in this chapter, verse 4 to be exact that has always interested my thoughts, and I have never gotten a straight answer from anyone on. Here it is. "1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. 3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting , which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor
I had the opportunity to watch the 2 hour debate between Jeff Riddle and James White on the text of Ephesians 3:9. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to watch the one on the ending of Mark, but I hope to do so sometime in the future. Time is a commodity that is hard to come by these days. After watching the debate between these two brothers who oppose each other over which is the best Biblical Text to support in Ephesians 3:9, I had to think long and hard on the issue, because both of these men brought up some important points. I personally think that James White is the better debater of the two, but he has definitely had more experience. I am involved in two different Facebook groups that support each side, and both camps thought that their guy won the debate, which is typical of these kind of things. Here's the difference: The Textus Receptus: "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in Go
The other night I was listening to a message from the late Adrian Rogers. The message was about the life of Ruth and the providence of God in it. Pastor Rogers addressed the issue of suffering and quoted A.W. Tozer who was quoting a man named Rutherford who apparently had been through a great deal of suffering. I found the excerpt online and wanted to share it. It is an excellent picture of the placement of God, his children, and the unrighteous judges of the land. The part God's sovereignty plays in the whole picture encompasses the entire message. My eyes were opened and my heart was comforted when I heard and read this. There is so much flakey "name-it-claim-it" stuff being preached and going on these days that never has been much help to me when facing the bitter realities of this world. I think that after reading the Bible and writings like this I can say that the bitterness of this world is to be expected, but there will come a day when we will be at total peace